Sexuality / Edition 3

Sexuality / Edition 3

by Jeffrey Weeks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415497124

ISBN-13: 9780415497121

Pub. Date: 10/28/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

For over twenty years, Sexuality has provided a cutting edge introduction to debates about sexualities, gender, and intimate life. Previous editions included pioneering discussions of the historical shaping of sexuality, identity politics, the rise of fundamentalism, the social impact of AIDS, the influence of the new genetics, ‘global sex’,

Overview

For over twenty years, Sexuality has provided a cutting edge introduction to debates about sexualities, gender, and intimate life. Previous editions included pioneering discussions of the historical shaping of sexuality, identity politics, the rise of fundamentalism, the social impact of AIDS, the influence of the new genetics, ‘global sex’, queer theory, ‘sex wars’, the debates about values, new patterns of intimacy, and much more. In this new edition,

Jeffrey Weeks offers a thorough update of these debates, and introduces new concepts and issues. Globalization is now a key way of understanding the reshaping of sexual life, and is discussed in relation to global flows, neo-liberalism, new forms of opposition, cosmopolitanism and the heated debates around sex trafficking and sex tourism. Arguments about the regulation and control of sexuality, and the intersection of various dimensions of power and domination are contextualised by a sustained argument about the importance of agency in remaking sexual and intimate life. In particular, new forms of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer politics, and the high impact of the debates about same-sex marriage are explored. These controversies, in turn, feed into debates about what is ‘transgressive’, ‘normal’, ‘ordinary’; into the nature of heter-normativity; and into the meanings of diversity and choice. To conclude, the book turns to questions of values and ethics, recognition, sexual citizenship and human sexual rights.

This book displays the succinctness, clarity and comprehensiveness for which Jeffrey Weeks has become well known. It will appeal to a wide range of readers internationally.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415497121
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Series:
Key Ideas Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
0.52(w) x 0.77(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Acknowledgements
Chapter 1. The Language of Sex
1.1 A Brief History of the History of Sexuality
1.2 The 'Social Construction' of Sexuality
1.3 The Importance of Sex
1.4 Sexuality and Power Chapter
2. The Meanings of Sexual Difference
2.1 The Biological Imperative
2.2 Sexuality and Social Relations
2.3 Sexuality and the Unconscious
2.4 The Consequences of Difference Chapter
3. The Challenge of Diversity
3.1 The Language of Perversity
3.2 The Discourse of Diversity
3.3 Deconstructing the Categories
Chapter 4. Sexuality and Politics
4.1 Sex: A New Front Line?
4.2 Elements of a Sexual Crisis
4.3 Regulating Sexuality
4.4 The Politics of Sexuality
Chapter 5. Private Pleasures and Public Policy
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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